Letter from William Skirving to William Moultrie

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    [William Skirving to William Moultrie February 26, 1780 [RvW Box 2 Folder 37; MSS. – A.L.S.]] Pon Pon the 26 February 1780 - Sir I wrote you yesterday by a Sergeant and five Privates, whom I sent down with Seven British prisoners taken by our Militia near Slanns Island, [and] two deserters from our Galley that lay in Ashepoo River, which I am told is entirely deserted by the Men that were on board, I have heard that the Captain has Sunk her - I wrote you also that a report prervaild [sic] that upwards of ninety Men belonging to the back part of our District were in Arms against us, w.ch is confirmed by Captain Mills of my Regiment who is come down express to me for Assistance to prevent their Ravaging that part of the Country and if not Check’d in time will make their progress lower down and distress our Inhabitants much - His Company is the only of four Companys that lay on our Frontier belonging to my Regiment that will do any duty the rest he says are in Arms against us and a few of his Men also,- I have ordered him reinforced with a few Men to prevent them doing much mischeif untill [sic] I can receive your Orders, I think it woud [sic] be best to have them Suppressd immediately by sending up a sufficient number of Men after them - I am much affraid [sic] we shall not be able to get ou[r] Men to join you as this Intelligence has alarmd them much that while they are away these Men who are not above a day, ride from the Settlements will come down and plunder their familys [and] property - Captain Roger Saunders has most of the Stono [and] Beach Hill Company is now employ’d in the long to join his Horse, The Willtown Company is now employ’d in taking those of the Enemy that leave their Shipping to plunder along Stono River, w.ch are all the Companys in St. Pauls Parish - His Excelly. the Governor has ordered the Batterys on Chehaw [and] Ashepoo Rivers to be defended which employs another Company this leaves but four Companys to draw any Men from three of the Companys are small, the other Company I [End Page 1] I have ordered a party from to assist Captn. Mills till I can have your further Orders - My Regiment Just now is so divided by the behaviours of these back Comp -anys, The most of the Men on the Islands are in Charles Town [and] the rest are prisoners to the British, that it makes my Situation very disagreable [sic] - If you should think proper that I shoud [sic] send a party after these fellows, We shall want Amunition [sic] as there is very little in the District not four Rounds a Man - I wrote you full by the men I sent down with the prisoners yesterday, but expect you will receive this before they get down - The Enemys Snake Galley was blown up by an accident coming through Musketoe Creek [and] entirely lost, I shall wait Impatiently for your Orders w.c shall be punctual[ly] attended to and Am Sir with respect Your very Huml. Ser[t] [Humble Servant] Wm. [William] Skirving [End Page 2] [Addressed:] On publick Service To General Moultrie Commanding at Pr Express- Bacon Bridge [Endorsed on left margin:] Wm. [William] Skirving Col: Pon-Pon Feby. 26. 80 [Endorsed on right margin:] Colonel Skirving february 26. 1780 at ponpon – by Mr parker Express which answered by the same in the afternoon [Numbers on the right margin:] 16,000 12500 3500 1750 12000 13750 (seal) [End Page 3]
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    [William Skirving to William Moultrie February 26, 1780 [RvW Box 2 Folder 37; MSS. – A.L.S.]] Pon Pon the 26 February 1780 - Sir I wrote you yesterday by a Sergeant and five Privates, whom I sent down with Seven British prisoners taken by our Militia near Slanns Island, [and] two deserters from our Galley that lay in Ashepoo River, which I am told is entirely deserted by the Men that were on board, I have heard that the Captain has Sunk her - I wrote you also that a report prervaild [sic] that upwards of ninety Men belonging to the back part of our District were in Arms against us, w.ch is confirmed by Captain Mills of my Regiment who is come down express to me for Assistance to prevent their Ravaging that part of the Country and if not Check’d in time will make their progress lower down and distress our Inhabitants much - His Company is the only of four Companys that lay on our Frontier belonging to my Regiment that will do any duty the rest he says are in Arms against us and a few of his Men also,- I have ordered him reinforced with a few Men to prevent them doing much mischeif untill [sic] I can receive your Orders, I think it woud [sic] be best to have them Suppressd immediately by sending up a sufficient number of Men after them - I am much affraid [sic] we shall not be able to get ou[r] Men to join you as this Intelligence has alarmd them much that while they are away these Men who are not above a day, ride from the Settlements will come down and plunder their familys [and] property - Captain Roger Saunders has most of the Stono [and] Beach Hill Company is now employ’d in the long to join his Horse, The Willtown Company is now employ’d in taking those of the Enemy that leave their Shipping to plunder along Stono River, w.ch are all the Companys in St. Pauls Parish - His Excelly. the Governor has ordered the Batterys on Chehaw [and] Ashepoo Rivers to be defended which employs another Company this leaves but four Companys to draw any Men from three of the Companys are small, the other Company I [End Page 1] I have ordered a party from to assist Captn. Mills till I can have your further Orders - My Regiment Just now is so divided by the behaviours of these back Comp -anys, The most of the Men on the Islands are in Charles Town [and] the rest are prisoners to the British, that it makes my Situation very disagreable [sic] - If you should think proper that I shoud [sic] send a party after these fellows, We shall want Amunition [sic] as there is very little in the District not four Rounds a Man - I wrote you full by the men I sent down with the prisoners yesterday, but expect you will receive this before they get down - The Enemys Snake Galley was blown up by an accident coming through Musketoe Creek [and] entirely lost, I shall wait Impatiently for your Orders w.c shall be punctual[ly] attended to and Am Sir with respect Your very Huml. Ser[t] [Humble Servant] Wm. [William] Skirving [End Page 2] [Addressed:] On publick Service To General Moultrie Commanding at Pr Express- Bacon Bridge [Endorsed on left margin:] Wm. [William] Skirving Col: Pon-Pon Feby. 26. 80 [Endorsed on right margin:] Colonel Skirving february 26. 1780 at ponpon – by Mr parker Express which answered by the same in the afternoon [Numbers on the right margin:] 16,000 12500 3500 1750 12000 13750 (seal) [End Page 3]
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    [William Skirving to William Moultrie February 26, 1780 [RvW Box 2 Folder 37; MSS. – A.L.S.]] Pon Pon the 26 February 1780 - Sir I wrote you yesterday by a Sergeant and five Privates, whom I sent down with Seven British prisoners taken by our Militia near Slanns Island, [and] two deserters from our Galley that lay in Ashepoo River, which I am told is entirely deserted by the Men that were on board, I have heard that the Captain has Sunk her - I wrote you also that a report prervaild [sic] that upwards of ninety Men belonging to the back part of our District were in Arms against us, w.ch is confirmed by Captain Mills of my Regiment who is come down express to me for Assistance to prevent their Ravaging that part of the Country and if not Check’d in time will make their progress lower down and distress our Inhabitants much - His Company is the only of four Companys that lay on our Frontier belonging to my Regiment that will do any duty the rest he says are in Arms against us and a few of his Men also,- I have ordered him reinforced with a few Men to prevent them doing much mischeif untill [sic] I can receive your Orders, I think it woud [sic] be best to have them Suppressd immediately by sending up a sufficient number of Men after them - I am much affraid [sic] we shall not be able to get ou[r] Men to join you as this Intelligence has alarmd them much that while they are away these Men who are not above a day, ride from the Settlements will come down and plunder their familys [and] property - Captain Roger Saunders has most of the Stono [and] Beach Hill Company is now employ’d in the long to join his Horse, The Willtown Company is now employ’d in taking those of the Enemy that leave their Shipping to plunder along Stono River, w.ch are all the Companys in St. Pauls Parish - His Excelly. the Governor has ordered the Batterys on Chehaw [and] Ashepoo Rivers to be defended which employs another Company this leaves but four Companys to draw any Men from three of the Companys are small, the other Company I [End Page 1] I have ordered a party from to assist Captn. Mills till I can have your further Orders - My Regiment Just now is so divided by the behaviours of these back Comp -anys, The most of the Men on the Islands are in Charles Town [and] the rest are prisoners to the British, that it makes my Situation very disagreable [sic] - If you should think proper that I shoud [sic] send a party after these fellows, We shall want Amunition [sic] as there is very little in the District not four Rounds a Man - I wrote you full by the men I sent down with the prisoners yesterday, but expect you will receive this before they get down - The Enemys Snake Galley was blown up by an accident coming through Musketoe Creek [and] entirely lost, I shall wait Impatiently for your Orders w.c shall be punctual[ly] attended to and Am Sir with respect Your very Huml. Ser[t] [Humble Servant] Wm. [William] Skirving [End Page 2] [Addressed:] On publick Service To General Moultrie Commanding at Pr Express- Bacon Bridge [Endorsed on left margin:] Wm. [William] Skirving Col: Pon-Pon Feby. 26. 80 [Endorsed on right margin:] Colonel Skirving february 26. 1780 at ponpon – by Mr parker Express which answered by the same in the afternoon [Numbers on the right margin:] 16,000 12500 3500 1750 12000 13750 (seal) [End Page 3]
Title:
Letter from William Skirving to William Moultrie
Creator:
Skirving, William
Date:
1780-02-26
Description:
Letter from William Skirving to William Moultrie regarding a shortage of men to defend South Carolina from the enemy, the issue of deserters, and the transport of British prisoners.
Collection:
Charleston Museum Collection of Revolutionary War Letters
Contributing Institution:
The Charleston Museum Archives
Media Type:
Manuscripts
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Moultrie, William, 1730-1805--Correspondence, Moultrie, William, 1730-1805
Topical Subject:
War, armed forces, and society
Geographic Subject:
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783, United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--American forces
S.C. County:
Charleston County (S.C.)
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Copyright Status Statement:
Public domain.
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